Introduction to Web 3.0 a Free Course: Day Four

Today we are going to explore varying perceptions of web 3.0.  Below is a collection several interesting articles and videos from experts: Tim O’Rielly, Nicholas Carr and Kevin Kelly on the subject of web 3.0.  It’s interesting to see the Web 3.0 from three different perspectives.

Tim ORielly

Tim O'Reilly

Today’s 3.0 Nonsense Blogstorm, by Tim O’Rielly

I find myself particularly irritated by definitions of “Web 3.0” that are basically descriptions of Web 2.0 (i.e. new forms of collective intelligence applications) that justify themselves as breakthroughs only by pretending that Web 2.0 is somehow about ajax, mashups, and other client side technologies.

Read the full article here.

Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr

What is Web 3.0?, by Nicholas Carr

Here we are, halfway through 2007, and we still don’t have a decent commonly-held definition of Web 2.0 and already we have competing definitions of the Web’s next generation. Or do we? I think that the apparent conflict between the two definitions may in fact be superficial, arising from the different viewpoints taken by Schmidt (an applications viewpoint) and the Semanticists (a communications viewpoint).

Read Nicholas’ article here.

Kevin Kelly helped launch Wired magazine in 1993, in this video he discusses how web 2.0 is only 5,000 days old, and what will the next 5,000 day of the web will look like.

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What do you think the web will look like in the next 5,000 days?  I welcome your comments.

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Is Mashlogic a Glimpse of Web 3.0?

Today TechCrunch posted a feature of Mashlogic which is launching today in private beta mode by Bessemer Venture Partners.  Mashlogic promises to help users, “take back the web,” from its present state of commercialized content.  Mashlogic is an extension of Firefox that works, “under the hood” of the browser.  The application aims to deliver individualized information based on the user’s selection or deselection of mashes.

Mashlogic Configuration

Mashlogic Configuration

I used the preview of Mashlogic to view the Huffington Post.  I selected two mashes: Ad Blocker to – removed advertisements, and English Vocabulary to – show definitions of uncommon English words.  Here is a screenshot of the preview.

Mashlogic Preview

Mashlogic Preview

Previewing Mashlogic has me wondering, is this a preview of Web 3.0?  What do you think? In a sense Mashlogic is interpreting the user’s requests and delivering data that is perceptive to the user.  Am I reaching to far with this one?  What are your views.  Try the Mashlogic demo, or better yet request an invitation and try the beta.  Let me know your thoughts.

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Introduction to Web 3.0: A Free Course (Day 3)

Image provided by Ian Routsala on Flickr

Image provided by Ian Routsala on Flickr

It’s day three of class!  Let’s begin with an article published in Technology Review. The article focuses on Eric Miller, an MIT-affiliated computer scientist.  Miller was the leading scientist over a group of researchers who worked together on a project in 2002 on the semantic Web.  Here is a quote from the article:

“For the Semantic Web, it was no longer a matter of if but of when,” Miller says. “I felt I could be more useful by helping people get on with it.”  Now, six months after the launch of his own Zepheira, a consulting company that helps businesses link fragmented data sources into easily searched wholes, Miller’s beachside decision seems increasingly prescient. The Semantic Web community’s grandest visions, of data-surfing computer servants that automatically reason their way through problems, have yet to be fulfilled. But the basic technologies that Miller shepherded through research labs and standards committees are joining the everyday Web. They can be found everywhere-on entertainment and travel sites, in business and scientific databases-and are forming the core of what some promoters call a nascent “Web 3.0.”

Here is the link to complete article uploaded to Scribd: A Smarter Web

Part Two

Today’s class continues with a link to Harold Carr’s blog.  Harold Carr is the engineering lead for enterprise web services interoperability at Sun Microsystems – enabling atomic transactions, reliable messaging and security between Java and Windows Communications Foundation.  Harold attended the Semantic Technology Conference which was held on May 18-22 in San Jose.  Harold Posted his notes from the conference.  Harold states,

I took lots of notes which I had hoped to post day-by-day or at least cleanup and post. It’s clear to me now that I’ll never find the time for those activities, so here they are: unedited, unspellchecked and unformatted. I hope you find them useful.

As you can see Eric Miller, the author of the article The Smarter Web, which is posted in part one of today’s class, was the speaker on the second day of the conference.

Part Three

Part three focuses on The 2008 Semantic Technology Conference website.  The reason we are looking at a site from a past conference that has passed is because the site incorporates several interesting semantic tools, such as the faceted search tool. Play around with the site, there is tons of useful information from podcasts, webcasts, and presentation audio and slides to a free Semantic Wave 2008 Report.

Mark your calendars – the 2009 conference is scheduled for June 14-18.

Part Four

Class will conclude with a short 6 minute video, Intro to the Semantic Web.  The video was posted to by: Msporny on YouTube.

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Introduction to Web 3.0: A Free Course (Day 2)

Tim Berners-Lee at a Podcast InterviewImage via Wikipedia

Day two of WEB30 consists of an article published in Scientific  The article was written by Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila.

In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee invented the World-Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory.

Written in 2001, the paper explores the 3rd generation of the Web – Web 3.0.  Topics such as expressing meaning, knowledge representation, and the evolution of knowledge. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Like the Internet, the Semantic Web will be as decentralized as possible,  Such Web-like systems generate a lot of excitement as every level, from major corporation to individual user, and provide benefits that are hard or impossible to predict in advance.

The article is uploaded to

Next is video in which Tim Berners-Lee discusses the Semantic Web (Web3.0)

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Introduction to Web 3.0: A Free Course

Get Ready for Web 3.0

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Last year I took a course in which I had to choose from a list of topics for my final paper.  Hesitantly I chose chose the topic the Semantic Web after my favorite topic Web 2.0 consumed by a competing classmate.  As I look back at those weeks and weeks of research that I conducted, I think about what little I knew of what is to become of the Web as we currently know it.  Now I am to be able to conceptualize what Web 3.0 may someday entail and the promises it holds.

Just last year when I was researching the keywords Semantic Web, I was unaware of the actual term Web 3.0.  There were only a handful of articles to which I could reference. Most of my research centered around semantics, intelligent robots, and complex algorithms.  I’m nowhere near an expert on the subject, but I truly fascinated and eager to learn as much about the next generation of the Web as I possibly can.  As I write, we are in the midst of a Web 2.0 bubble, how big or how wide it will inflate is to be seen.  Long gone is Web 1.0 – the days of static pages and read-only information.  In the distant horizon is the prospect of a thinking, perceiving, anticipating Web – Web 3.0.

In an effort to continue with the tradition of Web 3.0 which is information sharing and user collaboration I’ve developed an Intro to Web 3.0 course, WEB30.  WEB30 consists of a series from my collection of of videos, articles and and blog posts dedicated to Web 3.0.

As always with any social media endeavor, I’d appreciate any help in curating this course by providing more Web 3.0 content.

Part one of this course consists of a brief introduction to Web 2.0 in the form of a blog post and a video.

WEB 3.0 = 4C+P+V: This is an article posted by Sarmana Mitra an entrepreneur and a strategy consultant in Silicon Valley since 1994. Her fields of experience span from hard core technology disciplines like semiconductors to sophisticated consumer marketing industries including fashion and education.

Here is an excert from her post:

Web 2.0 has been a nichy phenomenon with hundred and thousands of microcap efforts addressing one of the Cs, lately, Community being the most popular force, producing companies like MySpace, Facebook, Piczo, Xanga, and Flixster.

In Web 1.0, Commerce had been the driving force, that produced companies like Netflix, BlueNile, Amazon, and eBAY. It had also resulted in the Dotcom meltdown.

Read the entire article here.

Part one concludes with a video of Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, discussing Web 2.0 vs. Web 3.0.

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You feedback of this course is greatly appreciated!

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